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Our 17th Anniversary Celebration

Pegasus Lighting 17th anniversary celebrationMay 2016 marks Pegasus Lighting’s 17th year online. Like any developing 17-year-old, we have spent our “teenage years” testing the waters, figuring out who we are as a company and determining where we will make our future.

But the truth is, we are also the result of good “parenting.” Pegasus Lighting has a solid foundation guided by the principles set in place by our founder, Dr. Thomas E. Farin years ago:

  • Treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Work smarter.
  • Communicate clearly and thoroughly.
  • Encourage innovation.
  • Have some fun.

These principles continue to guide us as we enter our 18th year.

Celebration Sale – $17 Off Your Order

During the entire month of May, we’re celebrating by offering a special discount to all of our customers, whether you’ve shopped Pegasus Lighting for years, or you’ve just discovered our online lighting store:

Use promo code PEGASUS17 to receive $17 off your order of $100 or more.

 

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Are Businesses ‘Waking Up’ to the Role of Blue Light in Sleep?

ipad and iphone at nightAn estimated 83.6 million sleep deprived people are shuffling around the U.S. at any given moment – so it makes sense that businesses are investing in products and technologies that focus on ways to get a good night’s rest.

When smart lighting entered the market, it made changing the color temperature of lights easy. With the touch of a button, users could program their lights to wake them up slowly, like a sunrise.

Apple’s recent update to iOS 9.3 introduced Night Shift, a feature that takes its cues from the sun (or more specifically, your device’s clock and geolocation) to gently shift the color temperature of your display to the warmer end of the light spectrum at night which may help you get a better night’s sleep.

The Basics of Blue Light

Blue light, a naturally occurring wavelength emitted in sunshine, was manufactured into light emitting diodes (LED’s) by three Japanese scientists in the early 1990’s, an invention so innovative that it led to a Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014.  Smartphones, HD televisions, computers … all of these devices are enhanced by the brilliant light of this technological marvel.

Does Blue Light Mess Up Sleep Patterns?

The theory is that the blue light does such a marvelous job of mimicking the sun, that it “tricks” our brains into thinking that it is still daytime. (See Using Your Tablet or Smart Phone in Bed May Be a Lousy Idea for more information.)

The theory is that the blue light does such a marvelous job of mimicking the sun, that it “tricks” our brains into thinking that it is still daytime.

What Next?

Currently, there’s not enough data to definitively say that the blue light from devices is what is keeping people awake at night. Rather, maybe your wakefulness is a result of too much mental stimulation from playing a game, or just plain worrying about some email that you checked right before you went to bed?

Although the jury is still out on whether or not screens emitting light on the blue spectrum actually disrupt natural sleep cycles, Apple’s latest release may be a catalyst for more discussion on the side effects of late night screening.

What do you think? Have you tried Night Shift, or products that do something similar? Has it helped you get a better night’s rest?

 

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Step Lights – Tips from a Landscape Lighting Designer

Step lights on deck, by Twilight LandscapingThere are many design considerations when choosing a step light for your project. To help navigate through the many choices available, we turned to a professional landscape lighting designer.

Flush Mount vs. Surface Mounted Step Lights

According to David Bilik, owner of Twilight Designs in Las Vegas, flush mount (recessed) step lights are often the fixture of choice when used indoors. He credits this to how easy it is to cut into and run wiring through drywall, especially when installing step lights after construction is completed. “While planning ahead is helpful,” says Bilik, “there are many products available for running wires post-construction.” He recommends 110v wiring to fish through walls and attics or low voltage wiring when 110v is not an option.

For less penetrable surfaces like concrete and stone, surface mounted fixtures are ideal because they mount directly to a wall or flat surface. These step lights commonly have a profile of as little as 3/4-inch up to 3-inches and a trajectory that directs light at the wall or at the surface below.

Open-Faced, Louvered, Shrouded Step Lights

Open faced, louvered and smooth step light faceplate stylesRegardless of whether you are using a flush or surface mounted step light, you must consider the type of cover (or faceplate) the fixture has. Bilik says that in his experience, most covers will fall in one of three categories, each with its own series of benefits:

  • An open-faced step light will offer the most amount of light with only a frosted glass lens to soften glare from the bulb. There is nothing to deflect or redirect the light with an open-faced step light, so proper placement is crucial as to whether or not the fixture will complement the design elements of the area, or overwhelm the space. Avoid this by mounting the fixture to the left or right of a staircase instead of on the face of a step.
  • Louvered fixtures have a cover that functions much the same way as an air vent in your home or car would. They have a grated cover that directs the light down. Although a louvered faceplate blocks the most amount of light, it is ideal for mounting on the front of a step as they mount flush with the surface and block all glare.
  • Shrouded fixtures capture the light coming out of the front of a fixture and redirect it down, focusing the light on the ground where you need it most. However, even with flush mounted fixtures, the shroud itself still sticks out making this fixture unsuitable for mounting on the front of a step.

Retrofitting Step Lights

Although LED fixtures are becoming more popular, a lot of step light fixtures are still outfitted for conventional light bulbs, but this does not mean that you are saddled with inefficient lighting. Retrofitting a conventional fixture with LEDs is sometimes as easy as changing a light bulb. “Look for LED bulbs that are direct replacements for their conventional counterparts, and use socket adapters when necessary,” says Bilik.

Many step lights are universal in size, meaning they are designed to fit within a single gang electrical box. For landscape lighting designers like Bilik, this makes the process of upgrading to LED step lights simpler and more cost-effective for the client.

 

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The Bay Lights Project Will Dazzle at Super Bowl 50

The Bay Lights photo credit James Ewing25,000 LED lights, intricately programmed on a network of complex algorithms, will soon dazzle the San Francisco Bay area on the largest LED light sculpture ever created. But it won’t be the first time.

In March of 2015, after a two-year-long display, it was “lights out” for the beloved Bay Lights Project, an iconic architectural light sculpture dreamed up by non-profit organization Illuminate.org and made reality by renowned artist Leo Villareal.

The original project, which ran from March 2013 to March 2015, was deconstructed when the permit expired, allowing the city to do maintenance work on the cables. Illuminate immediately went to work raising the $4 million needed to ensure that the bridge would be re-lit.

Thanks to their efforts, an upgraded and reinstalled sculpture will dazzle once again on January 30, 2016 where it will afterwards be gifted to the State of California. (more…)

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Artwork of the Sistine Chapel

Sistine Chapel LED Lighting Renovation

Artwork of the Sistine ChapelIn November 2014, the spotlight was on the heavens, maybe even in the way that Michelangelo envisioned it himself. One year later, Osram sat in the spotlight for their role in the innovative lighting solution that made it possible.

500 years after its completion, The Sistine Chapel underwent a lighting renovation that has changed the way we see this historical masterpiece. Finding the right product and installation that offered a glare-free experience with no degradation of the original artwork was no small feat.

With strict oversight from the Vatican conservators, global lighting manufacturer Osram, along with a variety of project partners, designed and installed a custom LED lighting solution for the chapel. Some of the features of the award-winning installation: (more…)

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Our 5 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2015

Our goal at Pegasus Lighting has always been to offer lighting information to our readers that is helpful, informative and inspiring. Sometimes we nail it, sometimes we don’t.

Before diving full-speed into 2016 we like to step back and reflect on our work over the past 12 months. While measuring the success of the blog is hardly an exact science, with a few simple metrics we’re able to come up with a list of the 5 most popular blog posts of 2015.

Like the year before, our most popular posts were a hodgepodge of DIY lighting projects, current events, and inspirational photo-centric lighting posts:


#5. The Ultimate Guide to Garage Lighting (with Infographic)

Ultimate Garage Lighting, A Buyers Guide with InfographicYour garage might be your lair, your storage room, a place to park your car, or all three. Whichever the case, this Ultimate Guide to Garage Lighting shares some ideas that will help you define the space, and provides lighting product suggestions for each one. Read more.


#4. Surprising Ways to Get Rid of Bugs at Your Next Outdoor Party

Did you know that dryer sheets and clear bags of water are known to repel insects? This blog post reveals a handful of pretty cool (and surprising) ways to deter pests. Read more.


#3. Weekend Warrior: LED Retrofit Recessed Lighting, Part One

Weekend Warrior LED Recessed Lighting ProjectLast summer we launched our Weekend Warrior series which consisted of lighting projects that can be conquered in one weekend or less. In this popular post, our President and CEO Chris Johnson shares how he added LED recessed lighting to his bonus room. Read more.


#2. 27 Things to Do with String Lights

Paper origami cubes folded around string lights
via Wit and Whistle

There are almost endless creative projects to make with string lights, and in this blog post I rounded up 27 of the most memorable applications I’ve seen. Read more.


#1. Green Light Bulbs Show Support for Our Nation’s Veterans

Green LED light bulb
Our most popular blog post rallied views in October, when one of the nation’s largest mega-retailers launched a campaign that involved switching out one light in your home with a green light bulb. Read more.


2015 was a year chock full of big changes at Pegasus Lighting and we bid adieu to this landmark year with a proud sense of accomplishment and anticipation at what lies ahead in 2016.

As always, a big THANK YOU goes out to all of our readers and loyal customers who read and share our content.

What do you want to see on the Pegasus Lighting blog in 2016? 

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